Members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet organisations from Manchester honoured by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant


Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, Cadets and civilian staff have been honoured by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater Manchester, Mr Warren Smith, during the annual Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards.

The ceremony was held on the evening of Tuesday 9 May at the Monastery, Gorton, and attended by recipients, their friends and family, and special guests.

Amongst those honoured were Jack Godfrey, aged 17 and from Glossop, who was appointed Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for Greater Manchester, one of the highest honours a cadet can achieve, in recognition of his outstanding service with Tameside Sea Cadets. Jack said: ‘During my time with the Sea Cadets I’ve been on a number of trips and camps and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. My best experience with Cadets has to be the first Company Annual Training & Safety Efficiency Appraisal (CATSEA) I took place in, because it was a chance to be with a group of cadets I’d trained with for over a year.”

WO2 Zoe Yates, 156 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps, aged 44 and from Radcliffe, was awarded the Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit, recognised as a laudatory honour throughout the Armed Forces. Zoe said: “I feel emotional, surprised and proud all at the same time. The award means a great deal as I wear my heart on my sleeve and often get quite emotional over my job. To be put forward for an award is a very big achievement and one I am very grateful for.”

Bethany Molyneux, aged 12 and from Wigan, received the Lord-Lieutenant’s Commendation for her outstanding contribution to Wigan Sea Cadets and her fundraising efforts for the Royal British Legion. Bethany said: “I was really surprised to receive the award. I feel really proud, but thankful to everybody that has supported my fundraising to help the lives of those in need. Fundraising is a special way to remember my Dad also, so I hope I’ve made him proud.”

Colonel Mark Underhill, Chief Executive of the North West Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association which runs the awards, said: ‘The Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards give us an opportunity to recognise the selfless commitment and dedication of the men and women who serve in our nation’s Reserve Forces. We also recognise the achievements of the young people and adults who are members of the Cadet organisations. The Cadet movement offers unparalleled opportunities for young people in our region to learn, grow and excel. We must ensure that these opportunities continue to be accessible to young people from all backgrounds, and this is only possible with the support of the dedicated Adult Volunteers who deliver the quality experiences, adventure and community projects our cadets enjoy.”

Please see a full list of awards recipients below:

Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet:

Jack Godfrey, Cadet Corporal, SCC

Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit for Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and civilian staff:

Zoe Yates, Warrant Officer Class 2, 156 Regt RLC

Eleanor Kirk, Civilian Instructor, Oldham Hulme GS CCF

Derek Gleave, Colour Sergeant, Oldham Hulme Grammar School CCF

Douglas Craddock, Sergeant Major Instructor, Greater Manchester ACF

Stephen Pettener, Warrant Officer Class 1, 75 Engr Regt

Mike Glover, Colonel, Greater Manchester ACF

Andrew Lamont               , Corporal, 116 Pro Coy

Norman Almond, Mr, SCC

Helen Porter, Sergeant, 207 Fd Hosp

Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate of Merit for Cadets:

Jonathan Spencer, Cadet Corporal, Greater Manchester ACF

Emily Hoyle, Cadet Colour Sergeant, Greater Manchester ACF

Lord-Lieutenant’s Commendation:

Bethany Molyneux, Junior Cadet, SCC

Damian Thronton, Lance Corporal, 6 MI

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